ALBION, Mich.--Juniors Morgan Pearce and Kari Klager turned in first-place finishes to lead the Adrian College equestrian team to a solid showing at the Albion College Hunt Seat Show. The Bulldogs placed ninth out of 14 teams.
Pearce's first-place finish marks her third in a row and also moves her only six points away from regional qualification.
"A majority of our riders had improvements," said senior Morgan Petriko. "This being a rebuilding year for the team by having so many new members who are finally getting a feeling for college equestrian, and hopefully we keep improving like this from here on out."
Pearce topped the walk trot hunter seat Equitation event while Klager reigned in the intermediate hunter seat Equitation.
Petriko improved from seventh to fourth place, freshman Michaela Carnavale from seventh to fifth, junior Brandi Hawkins from sixth to fourth, freshman Rebekah Wright from fifth to third, freshman Vanessa Wandel from seventh to second and Sam Roessler from sixth to fifth.
"We were lucky to have pulled some pretty good horses in the draws, which that always helps," said second-year Adrian coach Jody Prime. "Some of the riders who've been struggling with personal performances showed that their consistent work habits and coachable mindsets are beginning to pay off for them with higher placings."
Jumping (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 6th Intermediate hunter seat equitation over fences(Currently 9 points away from regionals)
Equitation (Place, Event)
Morgan Petriko 4th intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Michaela Carnevale 6th Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Kari Klager 1st Intermediate hunter seat Equitation
Rebekah Wright 3rd Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Brandi Hawkins 4th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Alana Pastula 7th Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Vanessa Wandel 2nd Beginner Walk trot canter hunter seat Equitation
Morgan Pearce 1st Walk trot hunter seat Equitation
Adrian concludes its fall schedule and will resume competitive action in the pen next semester, starting on Sunday, Jan. 14 at the Michigan State University Stock Show in East Lansing at the MSU Pavilion.
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